Friday, January 2
Presbytery of Denver
Be good, be well, be beautiful.” So translates the Shona word nakai. A task force of four ministers and elders in the Presbytery of Denver selected this word for its ministry to Zimbabwean women living with breast cancer. In 2013, Rev. Kim Graber visited Zimbabwe and heard four desperate stories of women with cancer. She learned that early diagnostic tools, education, and treatment options were lacking. Breast cancer is sometimes linked to witchcraft, and medical treatment is avoided. Nakai’s compassionate disciples therefore investigate ways to introduce culturally sensitive education about breast cancer diagnoses and treatment.
A second mission partnership, Empowering Incarcerated Women Making Choices, teaches decision-making skills to women in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Compassionate disciples from two congregations walk with these women during and after incarceration, celebrating their return to society and the low recidivism among participants.
As part of answering the call to share the good news, the 51 congregations of the presbytery have welcomed three new worshiping communities, where prophetic voices are being sounded in fresh ways. Pree ’n Pree brings people together for prayer, fellowship, and worship, using avant-garde expressions in the visual and audio arts. Community of One also speaks through the arts to reach people who might otherwise never enter the church. Poetry, dance, video, and silence all help participants engage the Word. Finally, Joel and Juli Adams reach out in their Denver neighborhood, as prophetic and compassionate disciples, by living in community with their neighbors and living out the gospel in their home, at the grocery store, and in the coffee shop.
—Rachel Yates, chair, mission and ministry work group, Presbytery of Denver
Let us join in prayer for:
Young Adult Volunteers
John Hershberger, Soo Hwi Jo, Matthew Kilian, Martin Ngwa, Anne Schrock, and Tyler Schrock
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
The ancient prophets spoke truth to those in exile. Today, you call prophets to speak truth in our neighborhoods, prisons, and distant villages. Encourage these disciples, O Lord, so all who hear may draw close to you. Amen.